Book Reviews of A Coffin for Dimitrios (aka The Mask of Dimitrios) (Charles Latimer, Bk 1)

A Coffin for Dimitrios (aka The Mask of Dimitrios) (Charles Latimer, Bk 1)
A Coffin for Dimitrios - aka The Mask of Dimitrios - Charles Latimer, Bk 1
Author: Eric Ambler
ISBN-13: 9780375726712
ISBN-10: 0375726713
Publication Date: 10/9/2001
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 17 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Written in 1939, this edition from 2001, trade sized paperback.
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A master suspense writer; a huge influence on Alan Furst, who is my favorite historical spy/suspense author. This is not a historical novel; Eric Ambler was writing during the time when these events would have occurred, and he knew his world well. If you want a feeling for the times and attitudes that your grandparents lived with and understood, you couldn't do better than to read Ambler. He's a terrific writer.

This particular book was the basis for the classic movie "A Mask for Dimitrios"; the English writer character Latimer of the book was changed to a Hollander called Leyden so that Peter Lorre could play him. Ambler's novel has more emphasis on the political aspect of Dimitrios's activities; he was essentially a terrorist for hire. But if you've seen the movie (which I had before I read this), you know the ending, but you don't know all the ramifications of the events that preceded it.
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A great detective story written before it got common-place for the innocent man to be thrust into the way of danger (a la Dan Brown).
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Great early noir.
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I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It was a good plot, but the author's writing style left me frequently confused as to what was going on. Maybe it was the difference in language style - English vs. American.